2013 Palos Verdes Concours Celebrates "The Age of Elegance"

Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:11pm EST

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Rolls Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and Coachwork of Ray Dietrich to Be Featured
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
The 21st Palos Verdes Concours d`Elegance at the Trump National Golf Club,
Rancho Palos Verdes on September 15 will celebrate the "Age of Elegance" by
showcasing some of the world`s most luxurious classic automobiles, according to
Chairman Peter Kunoth. 

The featured classes include Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and the coachwork
of Raymond Dietrich. The Concours will also recognize the centennial of Aston
Martin, the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, and the 50th anniversary of the
Loewy Avanti. Other classes will showcase post-war luxury cars, and a full range
of sports cars. Preservation cars - automobiles that are in original and well
maintained condition - will be displayed alongside the restored cars. 

With its iconic "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament, Rolls-Royce has long been
recognized as one of the world`s most elegant automobiles, according to Exhibit
Chairman Ray Johnson. "When Charles Rolls and Henry Royce partnered in 1904 they
set the standard for luxury cars," Johnson said. 

Owned by Rolls-Royce for most of the 20th Century, Bentleys have enjoyed a
reputation for elegance and quality equal to Rolls-Royce. Initially, Bentleys
had a reputation for speed and durability that culminated in consecutive
triumphs at the Le Mans 24-hour race from 1927 to 1930. After being acquired by
Rolls during the Depression, the Bentley evolved into a refined car with agility
and power. 

There will be a Duesenberg class for one of the most elegant American cars ever
made. Brothers Frederick and August founded Duesenberg Automobile in 1913,
focusing on building performance cars. They won the Indianapolis 500 in 1924,
1925 and 1927. The direction changed when E.L. Cord bought the company in 1926.
The brothers stayed with the company and, as Frederick was still in charge of
engineering, Cord challenged him to design the highest quality, fastest, and
most expensive automobiles in America. Throughout the world, Duesenbergs were
enjoyed by royalty and millionaires. 

During Ray Dietrich`s career, from early years at Brewster & Co., to co-founding
LeBaron Coachworks, and his design contributions at Chrysler he provided
graceful coachwork for many Classics. Packard, Lincoln, Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac,
Rolls-Royce, and Isotta-Fraschini all benefitted from his distinctive work. 

The PV Concours will be preceded by a Road Rallye on Saturday, September 14,
where drivers and passengers can take in the beauty of the Palos Verdes
Peninsula while competing for prizes. 

The PV Concours is a 501(c) (3) charity event with proceeds benefitting the
Palos Verdes Art Center's educational and community outreach programs and Palos
Verdes Rotary Foundation charities, including Harbor Area Boys & Girls Clubs. 

For more information please go to www.pvconcours.com or call 1-866-522-7746. The
media contact is Nissen Davis at avroy@aol.com or call 310-729-6510.

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